Annoying and Pointless Meowing
Our darling Kitty (he of the "escape" and the health problems from previous posts) is back to full health. However, since his vet visit he has developed an annoying and persistent habit.
Meowing at the back door! Whenever we are at home this little orange devil will sit there meowing his head off. He definitely wants to go outside, but of course that is not possible.
This cat is about 12 years old, and has spent the vast majority of his life in an apartment. Now he lives in a lovely spacious house and has had a total of three escapes, none lasting more than 30 minutes.
We live on a main road and for this reason (and many many others) having an inside/outside cat is not an option. So how can I train him out of this terrible and pointless habit? Important facts:
1) Kitty has a very playful companion, but he does not play with her (too old and crotchety)
2) We have a cat tree, heaps of toys and lovely windowsills available. He doesn't really enjoy toys so environmental enrichment is probably not a problem
3) We are at home a lot and he gets plenty of attention
4) We are not in a position to establish a catio yet (it is coming, but not for a couple of years after other renovations)
Any ideas as to how we can train him out of it?